If a Freudian slips, who'll catch him? "Lovesick," a pleasing, romantic comedy, offers an answer to one of the brain business's most complex complexes, with Dudley Moore as a shrink who falls for his patient.
In psychobabble that's called counter transference -- an unethical approach to therapy and grounds for a malpractice suit. Elizabeth McGovern plays the patient, an agoraphobic playwright from a small town, who's too tall for tiny Dudley.
Their love scenes are cute but lopsided, as long as they're standing up; since this is PG, they mostly do. It's a minor complication compared with the recurrent apparition of Dr. Sigmund Freud (Sir Alec Guinness), disrupting the film's natural flow and adds nothing of dramatic consequence.
Moore, as in "10," is obsessive-compulsive about women, though not nearly so physical.But then, McGovern's not exactly Bo Derek. Still, there's fun to be had, especially with his patients -- a nymphomaniac, a homosexual in love with a mounted policeman and a wimp with a Batman complex.
"Lovesick" was written and directed by Marshall Brickman, who collaborated with Woody Allen on "Sleeper" and "Annie Hall." Yet this film isn't as brittle, bizarre or innovative. It's charming and filled with loveable madmen like Mr. Zuckerman, a street person who wears a tinfoil-and-egg salad hat to ward off the space rays.
In the final analysis, you're only as Jung as you feel. So if you're up for some psychodrama, give "Lovesick" a look-see. LOVESICK -- At area theaters.